Sunday, May 22, 2016

Minister of Education Fires Another Salvo in the English Debate

At a study day organised by the Faculty of Science and Technology in Settat, the Minister for Higher Education for Scientific Research and Training, Lahcen Daoudi, said that any student who does not study English was "digging their own grave"

Students are "digging their own grave"

English is the language of science, of aviation, computers, diplomacy, and tourism. And most Moroccan acknowledge that English increases the chances of getting a good job. Yet, despite an ongoing debate, students appear reluctant to take up the challenge.

Lahcen Daoudi, who has been a longtime advocate for importance of English, said he was unsatisfied with the lack of interest among students in studying this language. He admitted his “call has not yet had its effect.”

The minister also stressed the need to promote and modernise the Moroccan universities, calling on the regional councils to play a role. Concerning higher education fees, Daoudi said that the wealthy should pay for their studies, because not doing so is “unjust and does not serve social justice in Morocco”.

Back in 2014, Lahcen Daoudi came out strongly in favour of adopting English in the education system. “students who want to have access to science departments at Moroccan universities must be proficient in English,’’ Daoudi said and declared that the ministry’s policy of adopting the French Baccalaureate in the country was “a dubious solution”, to Morocco’s ailing education system, explaining that “French is no longer useful”.


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